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Leadership

Meet the Team

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Carrie Scrimshire, Executive Director

Carrie Scrimshire is the Executive Director of Gilead House in Novato, a fundamental program to inspire hope and empower homeless single moms and their children toward financial stability and independence.  Carrie’s professional goal is to take Gilead House to the next level in the housing of families, both in increasing the number of locations and furthering education. She is an avid learner and believes every single person benefits by education and continuous learning.

Personally, Carrie loves to cook. Her passion is expanding her knowledge of healthy, fusion-style cooking with multi-cultural dishes such as French, Mexican, Spanish, Thai, Peruvian, Greek, and Indian. No challenge is too difficult for her.   She also loves animals. Saint Francis is her favorite saint because he looks out for and protects animals. One of her long-term goals is to design an animal sanctuary where abused and neglected animals can live out their days in a loving peaceful environment.  A random fun fact about Carrie is she flew a small plane over two Hawaiian islands (Maui and Lanai) with no flight experience whatsoever.

She loves people, laughter, hard work and has a great sense of humor. Her personality is magnetic and she always finds the good in everyone.

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CARLY HOJ, Development Manager

Carly Hoj has been part of the Gilead House family for nearly 15 years since she started babysitting GH kids in Highschool. It was her love for Gilead House that inspired her to get her degree in Sociology in the hopes that she could leverage her skills to serve the under-served in Marin County. Many years later, in 2017, Carly returned to Gilead House in an administrative support position that eventually evolved into the Development Manager position that she now holds. As part of the Development team, Carly works diligently to further donor support, volunteer engagement, and engage in local church partnerships.

On the weekends, Carly can often be found hiking, enjoying the beach, and serving as a worship leader at Marin Covenant Church.

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Jenny Craig, Executive Assistant

Jenny Craig is the mom to 2 amazing sons.  Jenny is local to Novato, a graduate of Novato High and College of Marin.  She has also competed 200 hours of Yoga teaching at Red Dragon Yoga studio.  Jenny believes her unique balance of education has helped her get through life. 

 

Jenny loves to create, anything from organic cooking to sewing a new top to fixing the plumbing at Gilead House.  Almost every weekend you will find Jenny and her sons enjoying the great outdoors, whether it is a bike ride, hiking, gardening, or coming up with a new organic juice or smoothie recipe. 

Jenny strives to help single moms, her passion clearly aligns with the Gilead House mission.  Jenny’s favorite quote is:  

 

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. -C.S. Lewis  

Board of Directors

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TRACY HOFFMAN, President

Tracy brings over 35 years of expertise from the pharma/biotechnology sector drawing expertise from roles in global project management & drug development, marketing, and leadership development.  In addition to Gilead House, Tracy is actively engaged with Guide Dogs for the Blind for which she socializes puppies and alongside her husband, David Grubb Jr., and their four daughters, are custodial parents for breeder Golden Retriever, Alfred. 

 

Her journey toward nonprofit work was inspired by her passion to engage and build sustainable corporate, foundation, and individual partnerships essential in a thriving community with opportunities for all. 

 

In her spare time, Tracy studies healing harp in San Francisco and cheering on her beloved Patriots and Red Sox.

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MIKE SMYLIE, Treasurer

Mike has worked as an environmental consultant for over 40 years.  After retiring, Mike committed himself to community service and volunteer activities. Mike volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation and research center.  He also helps coach the boys' basketball team at Hamilton Middle School.  In addition, Mike has served as the president and board chair of San Francisco Nature Education, which provides interactive environmental education programs that develop leadership and stewardship in underprivileged youth in San Francisco.  

 

Mike and his wife Beth have lived in Marin County for almost 35 years.

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KEELEY HOGAN, Vice-President

Keeley is a professional singer/songwriter, musician, and teacher as well as a proud Novato native. Before returning home ten years ago, she lived in Nashville and Los Angeles, where she attended Vanderbilt University and Musician’s Institute and released several independent records. Some highlights include performing at the Shoreline Amphitheater with the Zac Brown Band and seeing her original songs reach over 14 million listens on Spotify.  

 

Keeley is owner/operator of 101 North Music and teaches piano and guitar out of her studio space in downtown Novato. She also volunteers as a coordinator for Children of Strength, a non-profit that empowers orphans living in Kenya, and is an active board member for the Rossi Family Foundation.  She is a member of the worship team at Hillside Church in Corte Madera and spends her days raising two beautiful kids, Henry (2.5) and Mary Lou (5 months), with her sweet husband Jeremy.

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ASHLEY DROEGE, Secretary

An Arizona Native, Ashley moved to the Bay Area in 2015 with her family, and eventually settled in Marin County. Ashley worked in technology program management for 15 years before leaving the workforce recently to focus more on her young family and work in the community. She was drawn to the mission of Gilead House immediately, and feels the opportunities for changing and enhancing the lives of women and children through its programs are boundless. 

 

Ashley is an avid yogi, loves to cook, and explore parks, beaches, and nature throughout Marin with her husband and two extremely fun and energetic young kids. In addition to her work with Gilead House, Ashley is involved in programs that focus on getting kids outside, and exploring ways to enhance outdoor play spaces in underserved areas of Marin. 

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ALIE LOPEZ

Alie first came to know and love Gilead House in 2012 as a volunteer. Alie was born and raised in Marin County and has spent her life developing relationships through work, her church community, and other volunteer opportunities.  Today, as a single mom to a wonderful daughter, she is given the privilege to bring forward a real-life single parent perspective to the board. Professionally, Alie is the Senior Sales Associate at Proco Insurance in Novato. 

 

In addition to parenting, work and Gilead House, Alie is a youth group leader and social media manager for Marin Covenant Church. She enjoys every minute with her daughter Penelope, cooking, book club, trying out Bay Area restaurants and everything in between. 

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REV. DR. COURTNEY VENDETTA MCLAUGHLIN

Pastor, Spiritual Director, Mentor, and Coach, Courtney is passionate about helping people find freedom in Christ. She earned both her MDiv and DMin at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her ministry career spans more than two decades including serving Marin Covenant Church, University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, and First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley. In addition, Courtney runs Deep Well Ministries, which is designed to offer women a place to rest, renew, and invest in their spiritual development. She's affectionately called both 'word girl' and 'RevDocMom' by her grown daughters, Emma and Camille. Her favorite days include hiking, cycling, or reading in the California sun. 

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PAUL BREIMAYER

Paul brings over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial  

Officer beginning with 10 years as an auditor with the international accounting firm, KPMG.  This was followed by various management-level finance positions in companies both large and small as well as experience in small business consulting.  Paul is still active as the CFO of a San Francisco-based mortgage bank and is a board member of 2 other Marin-based charitable organizations.    

 

In his spare time, Paul enjoys triathlons, mountain biking, and trail running. He and his wife have lived in Novato for over 25 years. 

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